Before the new year begins, I thought I'd leave you with a few good posts I've been reserving for awhile now, waiting to build up a proper linkspam. I, er, had more links than I'd originally thought I had, but this is going to be my last post until after the holidays, so you'll have plenty of time to peruse and clickity click.
On Writing: Before the Sale/Agent
- Aprilynne Pike on writing a new novel when one doesn't sell.
- Cynsations gave us writers--before and after publication--some food for thought on website design. Angela's doing the Seven Deadly Sins of writing. Here's sin one.
- Mandy, author of Prada and Prejudice, gave details on her amazing publication story. Moral: don't give up!
- Revisions. I hate them. But I find it fascinating to see how others revise--PJ Hoover did a great article at the Spectacle about revising her trilogy. (and while you're at it, check out the interview PJ did with the Enchanted Inkpot.)
- About to start querying? Jill Corcoran listed some great links. Also: the QT blog has seven things you need to do to get published. And while we're at it, Upstart Crow shared a link of the characteristics Little Brown looked for before accepting a work in publishing. Also: Holt's uncensored top ten tips for writers.
- Writing a synopsis? This was a pretty cool tip.
On Writing: After the Sale/Agent
- Kim Pauley did a post on how much money writers really make, and Genreality had a more detailed post on the subject dealing with one NY Times bestselling author's paycheck.
- Janice Hardy is giving a lot of details about what to do after the agent, which I'm finding fascinating. Also: details on writing sequels.
- If you missed it, Laura and Lisa hosted agent appreciation day! (And speaking of, Shannon had one of the best stories of signing with her agent. Also: Bria recently signed with her agent, and I have loved her "After the Yes" posts. Also, also: an interview about being agented that's quite well done here.)
- Kate Schaffer Testerman on what to expect of your agent. (Moonrat did it first.) Speaking of, Becky Levine's How I Got My Agent story.
On Editors and Publishers
- Top Ten Reasons the Editor Doesn't Like what The Critique Group Loves
- I found this post at Carolrhoda fascinating: why it's so difficult to make good YA covers.
- Those of you writing YA: be aware of the rising new genre, New Adult.
- One publisher's acquisition process. Quite an impressive flow chart is involved. Speaking of: how a book is made.
- Query Tracker is now offering easier to use writing networks--if you're not a member yet, this is just one more reason to join (for free).
- All you multi-cultural writers out there: Into the Wardrobe recently launched Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind, a blog dedicated to Asian literature.
- DGLM provided a great link to a NY Times article on the weird locations and habits of writers. It's a fun read!
- This story makes me wish I had a recipe for my own book to share.
- I concur.
- Elana on why she started writing. I may want to
shamelessly stealflatteringly imitate this post in the future...
- Re-imaged covers to Madeline L'Engle's Time Quartet. *sigh* I love this man's art.
- This is a fun read. And this is a fun looksy. And so is this.
Self Publishing and How (not) to Do It
- Agent Rachelle Gardner gives what I think is the best reasoning on why self publishing does NOT work for fiction writers. If you're a fiction writer who's ever considered self publishing, be sure to check this out first.
- If you STILL don't believe me, then read this article, too, about the self-publishing statistics (statistics on cold hard cash, y'all).
- And then if your STILL STILL not convinced, then read this, too.
- And, although I'm adamantly against self publishing fiction works, I'm still open to e-books, and this article was quite informative.
- Censorship sucks. Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) explains why.
- I wanted to feature this in more detail (and I still might, but lord knows when). Anyway, Steph posted a FANTASTIC article on whether or not modern YA belongs in classrooms. (For the record: my opinion is YES.)
- It is my goal in life to get a book review like this. But hopefully never one like this.
Books I Want to Read:
- (online movie) Alma
- How it Ends
- Magic Under Glass (also: here)
- The Dresskeeper
- (game) a Nintendo DS game that lets you draw kanji!
- Brightly Woven
- Ghost in the Machine
- Tomorrow, When the War Began
- The Hunchback Assignments
- Because I am Furniture
- The Magicians
...and finally, two Merry Christmas links! (Both courtesy of Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why.
- Charles Dickens on revising A Christmas Carol
- Fun with Christmas Decorations You MUST read this one!!! It's hilarious!